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BMS162 Research Skills Guide: Primo Search


This assessment requires you to find information on the physiological mechanisms regulating a specific physiological factor.

You could start with Primo Search.

To get book and book chapter results, just try the name of the physiological factor, and alternative terms. Refine your results to either Books, or Book Chapters. To get eBook results, add the refiner for Available online









In Primo Search, you will often get too many results. To get fewer results, you can use one or a combination of these:

  • refine your results in various ways, including by Resource Type, Dates, and Topics, as above.
  • add extra concepts into your search, combined with AND
  • go to Advanced Search, and change Any field to Title, or to Subject.


The search below in Primo Advanced Search will search for items that have cortisol OR hydrocortisone in a subject heading, but only where a term related to regulation is in the title:

You could make this search even narrower by adding extra search terms - for example review - (combined with AND), or by refining results.

BMS162 Library Video Two - Primo Search

Watch this recording for a live demo of using Primo Search for BMS162. There are chapters to help you find the bits you need (click on the ^ symbol at the bottom of the frame to see the table of contents and skip to the section you want to view), and you can speed it up if you like:

What is Primo Search?

Further Resources

We have a four short videos, and a detailed guide, to help you search, find and request items in Primo Search:

Primo Search [video playlist]

Primo Search Help Guide [Library Guide]

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